Mustafa Kazemi; the phony Special Forces Captain Afghan

| October 4, 2015


There’s this Afghan on the internet by the name Mustafa Kazemi (his Twitter handle is @CombatJourno) who may or may not have been an interpreter at some point in his life. He became (relatively) famous in 2011 when he was the source for several Michael Yon articles. Our friends at Blackfive looked into Mustafa’s background and came up empty. He claimed to be an infantryman, a mortarman, EOD and trained in Close Quarter Battle. Mustafa explained to them;

I was given the title of PFC from my team leader. I don’t know if I really was a PFC or not. I was just a local interpreter hired there and some slight training was given to me. I didn’t finish the entire EOD course, I just listened to someone a couple days where he told me what to do when we confront an IED and safety measures.

Another friend of ours bumped into Mustafa on Twitter the other day and asked him about some of his claims on his Twitter account. He Tweeted back;

Hey Chief, I served with afghans and worked with OGA too. This terminal isn’t secure I can’t give you much details over this line.

I was an O3 but got drafted out with a promotion to O4.

Mustafa O34

Here’s what his profile said;

Mustafa Kazemi

So, soon after the above message to our friend, I sent a Twitter message asking about the claims on the profile. Seems I was talking to some guy who claimed that he bought the Twitter account from Kazemi. This guy said he was a bank clerk somewhere and didn’t know anything about Kazemi.

Bank clerk

So I asked him who posted this picture on September 29th of Kazemi pretending to be a British paratrooper [Editor’s Note: a reader writes to tell us that he’s in the uniform of Special Operations Kandak (SOK)];

Mustafa Kazemi2

Then he suddenly realized that Kazemi still had creds for the account. But, boy he was going to give him heck.

Bank clerk2

Bank clerk 3

Bank clerk4

Of course, I suspect that this bank clerk who was sending me the messages was actually Kazemi, himself.

Anyway, I’m holding my breath waiting for that message explaining the problem with his profile. Oh, wait, here’s my message;

Last message

Sissy boy Kazemi

Notice that he dropped that stuff off of his profile about being an SF Captain. So my job is done here – until he pops up again with his BS.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. NR Pax says:

    We were happy to mind our own business until he went public with his BS claims. What an idjit.

  2. Ex-PH2 says:

    I’m guessing that he took that photo of a helicopter and armored vehicles from some military website. Would that be close to correct?

  3. sj says:

    Buy a Twitter account? They are free the last time I checked.

    • Reb says:

      Yeah, Twitter is free. Texting himself was so obvious..moron

    • D says:

      Apparently, there are scammers out there who will buy accounts that already have lots of followers and rename them so they can get their spam messages put there. This is also done on Facebook, and it’s one reason not to like, share, follow, or re-tweet anything from these scammers.

  4. Reb says:

    Another prick with a big mouth. I loved the MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS! Big man talking crap from another country. Aren’t we there helping this puke. Please, I’ll pay for your ticket to visit America. You’ll return the next day with with a broken jaw and enough bruises so you can STFU and I sure a shit wouldn’t be from me.

  5. Ex-PH2 says:

    Is there some reason all those Afghans look like they’re half awake?

  6. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Kazemi? FA’ QHEEM!!

  7. clamsgotlegs says:

    He needs to keep that SF claim out there. Then he can invite the Taliban to come over to his mud house for fermented goat milk and crumpets.

  8. GDContractor says:

    He’s right about it being different in Afghanistan. For example, if you want to be a PhD., you don’t have to pay the extra $75 for the lab coat.

    • sj says:

      Subtle GDC! Related to posers from the past, I just posted on the Weekend Thread that I might have spotted Round Ranger in a pickup with a “Ranger” plate. It was in his AO, actually, his grid square, on a rural road. The truck blew past me before I could see the driver. Maybe just coincidental and there is a Ranger living in that tiny area. I’ll ramp up my SA.

  9. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    “Mind your own business,” he says. 2163 makes it our business, sheep lover.

  10. Green Thumb says:

    How long has the turd been employed at All-Points Logistics?

  11. streetsweeper says:

    And this was a Yawn creation? hm

  12. JarHead Pat says:

    BAHAHAHAHAHAH,I know this meatball, we are facebook friends, I knew him in KAF 08/09 he used to work at the MWR, hahahah what a little liar , he tried showing up in some sort of military gear( German I think) for work, and the big boss-man( former Air Cav) told him to knock it the fuck off, then I heard he was some sort of gate guard at Camp Warehouse in Kabul. He always had nice hair hahahahaha.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      I bet he’s some other Afghan man’s “Thursday Night Tea Boy” on a regular basis as well!

      • HMCS (FMF) ret. says:

        The assclown probably knows all about the joy of being the fat bottom boy in his culture…

  13. Mario Ortega says:

    “OGA”, haven’t heard that since 2004.

  14. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Here’s the question. At what point did you start laughing and at what point did you stop? (Hey, it was this or 10 hrs of yodeling.)

    • 2/17 Air Cav says:

      Okay, I guess that means you want the 10 hours. Here it is:

      • MrBill says:

        Impressive endurance by the audience. At most shows the clapping peters out withing a few minutes, but this audience’s unflagging enthusiasm is amazing!

    • Hondo says:

      That boy sure talks out his ass a lot, don’t he?

      Sorta like the one who just commented below.

  15. reddevil says:

    Not so sure about Afghanistan and the Kandaks, but I know that the guys we trained in Iraq started wearing US Army insignia (unit patches, CIBs, etc).

    Quite often one of our guys would give it to them as sort of an honorary badge, and they would just make it part of their uniform.

    They did it with their own official stuff as well- I worked with the actual ISOF brigade, but we would see Iraqi Army units wear their patches all the time. The only way we could tell the difference was that our guys eventually got their own distinct uniforms (and they didn’t run away from fights).

    Combat badges are one thing, but I always worried about the guys that claimed to be doctors and pilots- I heard our ‘doctor’ say some pretty out there stuff.

    There was a helicopter crash that killed the Iraqi crew and one USAF combat photographer (poor bastard). The investigation found that the Iraqi pilot not only did the exact wrong thing for the conditions, but the review of his records could find no evidence that he had any formal training on the aircraft (it was a HIP), any of the qualifications he claimed, or anywhere near the number of hours he said he had.

    These guys all grew up in a culture where corruption is not only accepted but expected, and wasta and pride are more important than the truth.

    A major contributor, by the way, to the mess that is the Middle East as we know it.

  16. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    Nothing says SOF like 1980’s sized sideburns, lip gloss and wayfarer sunglasses!

    Le, Le, Le, Le … LEGIT!


  17. ThisGuyIsAConArtist says:

    I’ve had the displeasure of knowing this asshole firsthand. He claims to be a part of the US Afghan JSOC, sometimes he’s OGA, sometimes special forces, sometimes a vet, always a liar. He’s just a sad poverty stricken little boy that wants fame at any cost. He’s totally schizophrenic, which you’ll be able to tell once you have an indepth conversation with him. He’s conned a lot of women with that slightly gay looking face and his famous Arabian nights adventure stories. He’s run a lot of con jobs on twitter where he’s fooled people in to paying for surgeries and broken spectacles and cigarette debts. Basically a low life trying desperately to become a class A cunt of misery. Which he’s also a failure at. Bless.

  18. BridgeBurner189 says:

    An Afghan that lies?
    I don’t believe it!

  19. Jarhead says:

    Look, I know we’re all getting older, but this memory thing……This poser is none other than K. D. Lang
    (darned sure looks like her with side burns!), well-known country music singer.

    • MrBill says:

      Back in the day when she still sort of looked like a girl.

      But damn…what a voice.

      • Jarhead says:

        Totally agree with you Mr. Bill. As a matter of fact when I scrolled down through some of her recent appearances it surprised me how puffy her face looked as she was apparently going through some changes. Then, the last one I saw with her in a white suit led me to believe she must have been taking some kind of hormone or whatever, and it put some weight on her. That along with her thick hair combed in a masculine fashion did not surprise me that much, knowing her background. Not interested in transgender crowd and what they do, but I have to admit whether she’s a dickey do or a dickey don’t, he/she still has a great voice. Strange how so many musically gifted folks seem to end up in the wrong body.

  20. Thunderstixx says:

    Good to know the DRC has now got representation in international circles.
    I wonder if there is a new protocol since they now involve small barnyard animals ???

  21. Mustafa says:

    Mate, like I said up there, This is not the U.S., and I’m not a U.S. citizen. Mind your own business or instead go help all the thousands of American veterans who helped us in Afghanistan instead of “revealing people who are not honest about military past”. I do have a military past and you’re nobody that I should answer to you about it. I’m answerable to nobody about my life and my past. When I became a journalist, I left that past behind. I’m a civilian journalist now and got nothing to do with the military. Knowing what I know from the past is not something wrong.

    Also, not to mention, you fool all these people by your nonsense about whomever you don’t like. This is deception and the lowest form of ethics.

    Last line, I’m not an American, nor I’m bound to be clear about my past to you or anybody else. So I respectfully suggest you to take off this article and come talk to me directly to see what your problem is and what we can do about it.


    • Jonn Lilyea says:

      Well, if this is nothing to you, I guess, I’ll just leave it posted. I’m nobody, so it shouldn’t worry you much, should it? I tried talking to you about it, but you blocked me.

    • GDContractor says:

      “nor I’m bound to be clear about my past to you or anybody else.”

      Nor are we, or anybody else, bound to assist you in your make believe, nor to be silent about it.

    • Jonn Lilyea says:

      Man up

      Sorry, nope

      Oh, I should “man up”? I didn’t block you.

    • Silentium Est Aureum says:

      Shit goes both way, con boy.

      Have fun when this shit goes to the top of the Google searches when your name is entered, fuckwad.

  22. Mustafa says:

    Oh and just two more things.

    In that picture with the old man, I’m not wearing a British beret, It’s a beret issued to officers here in Afghanistan.

    If you have problems with Mike Yon, go solve it with him, instead of writing false articles about me.

    AND, if I was an interpreter with the Americans, I would’ve taken my SIV from the US Embassy long ago, and I’d not have been here in this country.

    Last but not least, One very important thing you and your readers should remember, is that Mike Yon is nobody to make me famous. Mike is a journalist who travels to combat zones and posts dispatches from heat of war. He did not make me famous. I suggest you get your facts right. Mike published only one or two insignificant post that I had sent him. That did not make me famous, nor did Mike Yon.

    • Delilah T says:

      So, Mustafa, considering that a large number of Afghans are rather dark-skinned, what kind of dermal bleach are you using? And is it the only part that we see?

      • Toallrudeamericans says:

        Afghanis are not dark faced, indians are. So do get your facts right before asking help for dermal issues. But stil im here to help. Apply your own shit to your face….ooops it still wont work

    • Green Thumb says:

      Your a clown.

    • Soker says:

      Unfortunately,I happen to know this dickwad! He was my colleague for a brief period at AFP. hE was the worst performer at work and has no respect for journalistic ethics whatsoever. It’s a pity that he calls himself a journalist without having written a proper news report in his lifetime! Mustafa was fired from AFP for his poor professional conduct and posting constant lies about taliban attacks on Twitter. He was kicked out of DPA too because of the same reasons. I am not surprised that he has been jobless since. He constantly begs for money from friends and family and cons young girls on the internet.

      This guy was never in the army. His only claim to fame has been that he was a puny interpreter in Afg. He does not even have a college degree certificate as he claims to have one. He is an illiterate loser who wants to become famous by building a web of lies! Kudos to Jonn for calling this liar out!

  23. Toallrudeamericans says:

    In reply to all the replies above:
    Its so easy to make fun of a person to exploit their lies or short exploit their identities..u must be very excited to ridicule a person from a cursed country who sees blood everyday, whose friends die everyday..its easy to do that while sitting 7 seas across comfortably in your room wid no worries.
    You all should be ashamed.
    Lets say his identity is wrong but his pain is not
    Lets say he lies but his tears are truth
    Lets say he cons but his spilled blood is real
    Lets say he is shizophrenic but his fears are not
    He is from a land which is suffering coz of the world’s shit.. and here you are so proud to reveal someone identity. You should be given nobel prize…no?
    And dont you please comment that this comment is given by him…you can ask your writing style experts from CIA to get a confirmation.
    Afghanistan is proud of him and so are the ones who care for him.. yes we will keep on helping him no matter what coz unlike you americans who do everything only for their own benefit we are not like you.
    You spend more than a decade there but you couldnt understand their pain.

    Im really startled…from alllll the mess in the world you came about this shit to put on a blog. What a shame for an American. Sad. The vultures sitting in UN and in your own country reveal their identities first. Dont bug already miserable souls.

    • GDContractor says:

      You lost me at “He is from a land which is suffering coz of the world’s shit”.

      • the Al says:

        Did I make it in beforev the threats of lawsuits? That’s always my favorite part right after blaming everyone else

    • sj says:


      • Silentium Est Aureum says:

        Nah, Bernasty would sign off with his soon to be ex-bar number and demanding we all call him “Queef”.

    • Silentium Est Aureum says:

      Sockpuppet cleanup, aisle 5!

    • Delilah T says:

      Oh, that’s a shame, isn’t it? That TARAMs doesn’t recognize that a HUGE portion of people in Afghanistan alone are VULTURES who funnel US aid into their own pockets, while the rest of the population lives in squalor.

      What, if anything, is TARAMs doing about that?

    • TheBoyIsACon says:

      Oh no. He got to you to. I can almost see you, little girl, sitting in your room, whatsApping/ tweeting/ skyping this sad little schizoid. This is his modus operandi. If you’re a girl and you’re currently talking to him, get ready to hear a tirade about his unfair life and his terrible luck with women and how he’s never seen true love. Then get ready to be asked for money. If you have any fame of your own or have a member of your family that is slightly famous, also get ready to be used!

      Half of the people that know him in real life, in Kabul or back home in nimruz will vouch for his absolutely blatant lies. He makes up stories about injured kids, about whizzing bullets all whilst safely ensconced behind a computer screen. He thrives on sensationalism.

      Truth be told, if he was just an idiot playing dress up, you’d even let it slide blaming a sorry childhood.. But this loser is next level evil. He’s an ACTUAL CON ARTISTE. So save yourself while you can.

    • nbcguy54ACTUAL says:

      Didn’t you send me an email recently saying that you had US$10 million to give me? I’m still waiting…

      For the record:
      Yep. I’m excited to ridicule a person who has contributed to the sorry state of his country.
      Yep. I’m enjoying sitting in my comfortable, no-worries room.
      Yep. You can keep on helping him and be part of the problem instead of the solution.

      But I want my US$10 million first dammit.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      Hey Mustafa, FA’-KYOO!

    • TothisliarMustafa says:

      This is written by Mustafa. There is no doubt about it. Only he can come up with such sappy tales about ‘oh-so-loving Afghans’ and fake patriotism.

      Lets say his identity is wrong and so his pain is fake.
      Lets say he lies and his tears are false.
      Lets say he cons and his spilled blood is fake.
      Lets say he is shizophrenic and his fears are fake.

      We cannot sympathize with liars like you, Mustafa! Also, all Afghans hate you. You cannot fool the world anymore.

  24. CLAW131 says:

    Mustafa sounds to me like the Milo Minderbinder of Afghanistan.

    Is there a “M&K Enterprises” in our future?

  25. GDContractor says:

    You know, the sad thing is this lying little fuck will probably con his way into getting an SIV from the American Embassy and end up fat and happy courtesy of the USA. Other terps that were straight up and earned their spot will probably get fucked over and left to rot in that shithole. I get a warm feeling inside when I think about the State Dept. doing a background check on you and finding this page as well as the page at Blackfive. So, to summarize, fuck you Mustafa Kazemi (google hit), fuck you and the donkey you rode in on.

    • KabulCF says:

      Not every interpreter gets a SIV. Known liars who are untrustworthy and those who have been fired from their position for poor job performance do not get SIVs. State department has all the info they need on this man, I confirmed.

  26. Soker says:

    Unfortunately,I happen to know this dickwad! He was my colleague for a brief period at AFP. hE was the worst performer at work and has no respect for journalistic ethics whatsoever. It’s a pity that he calls himself a journalist without having written a proper news report in his lifetime! Mustafa was fired from AFP for his poor professional conduct and posting constant lies about taliban attacks on Twitter. He was kicked out of DPA too because of the same reasons. I am not surprised that he has been jobless since. He constantly begs for money from friends and family and cons young girls on the internet.

    This guy was never in the army. His only claim to fame has been that he was a puny interpreter in Afg. He does not even have a college degree certificate as he claims to have one. He is an illiterate loser who wants to become famous by building a web of lies! Kudos to Jonn for calling this liar out!

    • TheBoyIsACon says:

      I have to agree with you. Having been on the receiving end of one of his long cons, I judged myself immensely for weeks. Then I came across a network of other girls who have faced the same situation.
      He uses whatever little resources he has to spin a web of lies and he manipulates you emotionally to siphon money, contacts and respectability. He speaks ill of another journalist called Waslat who he was apparently engaged to, whose family he had planned to MURDER because they insulted his profession and called him a traitor. He still claims to be an SF guy on covert missions for the US.
      He does not have a degree, that is a fact. He has no professional qualifications to back up his stories which is why he’s been unemployable.
      His only claim to fame is a verified Facebook and twitter account. How he’s got those blue ticks is beyond me. Social media really does allow you to whitewash the truth. Sad state of affairs.

    • GDContractor says:

      If Dennis Chevalier had a son…

  27. More lies from Mustafa says:

    This guy, Mustafa is so stupid that he tried to create his own Wikipedia page in a bid to become famous! Never seen a more desperate person than Mustafa! In 2013, he wrote a completely fabricated story of a child-bride in Afghanistan. The story is full of sexual innuendos and bad reportage. Here’s the link: This is what Milblogging has written about him in the past-
    Afghan reporter not all he’s cracked up to be
    Monday, February 27, 2012, 11:47 PM
    Several days ago I wrote a story entitled “Afghan war reporter Mustafa Kazemi @CombatJourno” based on an article that appeared in the popular blog Mashable praising Kazemi for his war coverage.

    What I didn’t realize at the time is that Kazemi had been involved in some controversy last year, controversy that makes it difficult to believe much of what he writes.

    In 2011, military blogger Michael Yon used Kazemi as a source in several stories, but what Blackfive went on to find out, was that Kazemi had not only been padding his online resume, but was blatantly lying about his background.

    “A military linguist, Infantry mortar man, Explosive Ordnance specialist and also trained in Close Quarters Battle. This is a serious dude. Except he isn’t. Any of those things. At all. He is a liar and Yon used his information over and over again as a credible source,” wrote Uncle Jimbo.

    Like Mashable, I missed this detail.

    Today, according to the Revision History of his Wikipedia page, he is trying to erase any and all negative mentions about his past.

    But the controversial past remains with him for now at least.

    Today, a special section called Controversy appears and reads:

    “Mustafa Kazemi’s credibility has been called into question. In August 2011, Kazemi was caught lying about his resume.[3] According to screenshots obtained by the website Blackfive, Kazemi claimed to have worked in the United States Army and a graduate the United States Army Infantry School.

    Kazemi also claimed to be qualified in close quarters combat, explosive ordinance disposal, and a private first class in the military occupational specialty 11C, infantryman. When questioned on his qualifications, Kazemi admitted that he had padded his record saying, “I accept that I blew this out of proportion. I was a language assistant and shouldn’t have called myself all those.”

    He has also sought to shape his public image by deleting or editing any references to this controversy.”

    According to the independent, not-for-profit website journalisted, Kazemi is a columnist at The Blottr, at Mashable and at Combat Journalist.”